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Sun Dec 11, 2016, 06:05 PM

War on drugs perhaps more harmful than all the wars in the world combined: Santos

Source: Colombia Reports

written by Adriaan Alsema December 11, 2016


Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos took an unexpected jab at a the United States-led war on drugs when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize on Saturday, calling it “perhaps more harmful than all the wars in the world … combined.”

Santos has long been a critic of global counter-narcotics policies and has persistently called to “rethink” the United States-led war on drugs for years, going as far as proposing the legalization of cocaine as an option as far back as 2011.

While domestically taking a more public health oriented approach, the administration of President Barack Obama has so far refused to change its controversial international strategy, spurring the Colombian president to use his acceptance speech and newly
acquired status as Nobel Peace Prize laureate to step up his criticism.

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The human cost of the criminalized drug trade in Latin America, the main supplier of cocaine to the consumer countries in the US and Canada, is impossible to calculate, but has likely cost the lives of hundreds of thousands of Latinos from Argentina to Mexico.

Read more: http://colombiareports.com/us-led-war-drugs-perhaps-harmful-wars-world-santos/

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Sun Dec 11, 2016, 10:01 PM

1. Chasing the Scream

Excellent book about the American drug war and how we "influenced" other countries to follow our lead.

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Sun Dec 11, 2016, 11:11 PM

2. And how we abetted it

CIA introduction of cocaine in the U$A, etc.

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